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Ahh, Paris!

And about bloody time

sunny

So G and I slept really well, L not so great, but we needed it. G was very excited as we flew over Paris - he could see the Eiffel tower and one of the old Concordes as we landed. CDG airport looks great, like a 50's vision of the future.
Into the Paris train system, which spits us out at the Luxembourg Gardens our first moment in Paris!!
Our first step on Paris streets

Our first step on Paris streets


We head down to see our host who is very generous in renegotiating the bill given the volcano was not her fault - Merci Claire!

With so little time left in Paris, we immediately head out - and what is the one place to go when visiting Paris? That's right. So we set off through the Jardin des Plantes (pick up a Panini) to the Seine where we caught the Batobus, a water bus up and down the Seine. You but a ticket by the day and can hop on and off as you please. We do hop off at the Louvre and soak in the atmosphere. But we are on a schedule today and after half an hour of admiration it is off on the Batobus again.
At the louvre

At the louvre

By the Seine

By the Seine


Round to the Eiffel tower, where we join the queue to head up on the lifts. Other options are to prepurchase your tickets and bypass the line, or you can choose to walk up to the second stage and buy tickets to the top from there. Being trained in queuing at airports, MAS offices and various attractions we spend 30 minutes getting to judge other people in the queue. The lift ride to the second stage is pretty quick, and then we get out to go on to the next queue for the lift to the top. A pleasant 20 minutes of people judging, then we are off to the top. The view is definitely worth the ride with a great vista of Paris laid out before us. The gold dome of Les Invalides stands out in the spring sun. The weather has been great.
On top of the tower

On top of the tower

On a clear day you can see Canberra from the Eiffel tower

On a clear day you can see Canberra from the Eiffel tower

I don't remember what this is called

I don't remember what this is called


But we can't dawdle, we have a date tonight. Batobus back to Jardins des Plantes and showered and dressed up. The taxi driver pretended to understand my French, and we arrive at dinner at Le Petit Zinc for our 15th wedding anniversary. This is a beautiful Art Nouveau restaurant in St Germain de Pres we went to 17 years ago. The meal is really lovely, we have oysters, terrine, salmon, steak, duck fillet, with some very rich chocolate desserts. The strain of the last few days is showing as G falls asleep after mains! He wakes pretty quickly when the Chocolate Bavarois lands on the table in front of him. Taxi him home and sleep....

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